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A man has decided to kill his son because of his sexual orientation. Giovanni Melton, 14 remembered for being an energetic and a friend that brings smiles to his other friends was killed by his father because he saw his son was gay, and could not stand it.

                          

                                          Wendell Melton, 53

The two had an argument at an apartment Giovanni stayed all by himself, and his father,Wendell Melton, 53 then shot him after their argument.

According to Giovanni former foster mom, Sona Jones, "Giovanni was abused physically and mentally and spiritually for many, many years. He hated the fact that his son was gay.I'm sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son"

                             

 Giovanni Melton, 14

Jones said she heard the man had caught Giovanni with his boyfriend, and pulled a gun on him. Jones said; "I hope they throw the book at him. I hope he never sees the light of day," said Jones. "I hope every day when he looks in the mirror, he sees his son's face."


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In just less than a few weeks after more than 50 people were killed in a public shooting in Vegas, the police have now confirmed the death of 26 people after a US ex-airforce man,  Devin Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, Texas opened fire at a church congregation at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs around 11 a.m. CT.

                    

The man started shooting outside the church, then later went inside, killed 26 people, and injured 20 more others.

The man showed up at the church wearing a black ballistic vest and tactical gear,while armed with a Ruger assault-type rifle.

The man was later found fatally shot  in Guadalupe County, and authorities are yet to determine if the man had killed himself, or killed by someone who witnessed the scene, and was said to have followed the shooter, while shooting at him.

The youngest of the victim was a 5-year old, and the oldest victim was 72 years old. The 14 year old of the pastor of the church was also killed in the massacre, while the parents were away from the service.

A US official said that it is looking into Kelley's past and social media postings, but at the moment, the man living in a suburb of San Antonio has no link to any terrorist organization.

Speaking on the incident, Texas governor, Tony Abbott said;

We are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state's history,"There are so many families that have lost family members. The tragedy is worsened that it happened in a church, a place of worship.

We mourn their loss, but we support their family members.

Pentagon has confirmed that Devin Kelley was once an airman in the airforce, but more details about his time at the Air Force is yet to be fully released.

At the time of this writing, the cause of the death of the alleged domestic terrorist is under investigation.

 

 


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House Whip Steve Scalise Shot, and his wounded after a mass shooting at a baseball field where GOP house member practiced baseball in a field in Alexandria, Virginia.

The gunman was reported to have stormed the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park at 7am, and open fire with a rifle, and House Whip Steve Scalise was caught in the line of fire. According to Mo Brook,s Alabama congressman, while speaking to CNN said that more than 20 rounds were fired, and the house whip and his protective detail were hit.

           

Also, another five people were also hit by the gunfire.

Responding to the news, the Alexandria police department tweeted;

           

APD investigating multiple shooting 400 block E Monroe St,Suspect believed in custody. Stay from area, let emergency vehicles thru.

25 GOP members, and their aides were at the baseball practice. Scalise after being hit, dragged himself away from the field in an attempt to get cover.

The police have also tweeted later that they got the gunman, and he is now in custody;

         

The GOP house members were practicing for the Thursday’s Congressional Baseball Game, a tradition since 1909 in which House Democrat plays their Republican counterpart, and the game has to be played at the Nationals Park.

The proceeds from the ticket goes to charity.


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Police in Cleveland are looking for a man who killed a 74-old man on Facebook live. Steve Stephens broadcast himself on Facebook live, and claimed in the video that he had killed 13 people, and he is working on killing the 14th person.

                  

Steve in his video said;

I killed 13, so I'm working on 14 as we speak. I'm just driving around hitting motherf*****s, man. I just snapped man, f**k.

In a statement by the police on Sunday, Steve Stephen is described as a dangerous and armed. Though Stephens said that he killed 13 people, police have only been able to confirm the death of  Robert Godwin Sr., 74.

As Stephens approached the old, and asked Goodwin "Can you do me a favour?," and asked that he say a name of a lady, Goodwin confused, he said, "I don't know anybody by that name." Stephens then said, "She's the reason, why, uh, this is about to happen to you."

Police have also reported that Stephens car  is a white Ford Fusion and have the Ohio temp tag of  E363630.

 Steve Stephens showing a badge said that he is outside the workplace of his former girlfriend, and blame his former girlfriend and his mother for the rampage, and said he is not afraid to go to "go to death row."

 

 


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A gunman is now in police custody after killing 5 people and injuring 6 others at the  Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, Florida. The shooting happened in the baggage area of the Terminal 2, and the shooter did not breach the TSA secured area of the terminal.

         

The shooting happened at around 12:55pm on Friday.

Broward County’s Sheriff said the gunman is a lone shooter, and was quickly arrested and in police custody at the time of writing. 

According to the FAA, Authorities have cleared the terminal of gate D4 and D5, located at the north of the airport, they have also closed the lower level between terminal 2 and 3. Terminal 2 is also closed.

All services have been temporarily suspended and all these terminals are closed, and all roadways leading to the terminals are also closed.

Airport employees and hundred of passengers were all cleared out from the area, and escorted into the tarmac.

All flights scheduled to land at the airport, are still allowed to land, and are not diverted. Extra precaution and security measures have been put in place, but all operations are back to normal.

Travellers have been advised to contact their airline before going to the airport.


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Chicago shooting spree continued into the holiday, with police investigating 27 gun shooting incident, 12 of which shows people were fatally shot in the Christmas weekend holidays. 

According to the Chicago city police, there were 3,495 shooting incidents and 753 homicides in the city from January 1 to December 25, an increase to the the same time frame in 2015, as the city reported 473 homicides and 2,383 shootings between  January 1 to December 25,2015.

              

According to the  city Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson in a news briefing;

The violence primarily occurred in areas with historical gang conflicts on the South and West sides of the City. We now know that the majority of these shootings and homicides were targeted attacks by gangs against potential rival gang members and groups who were at holiday gatherings.

These were deliberate and planned shootings by one gang against another,They were targeted knowing fully well that individuals would be at the homes of family and friends celebrating the holidays. This was followed by several acts of retaliation.

90 percent of people that were reported dead have been tied to gang affiliation, and 45 guns were seized in the weekend.

The police chief also called on policymakers to make the gun laws stricter, especially increasing sentences for gun violence offenders.

One question from the Doy news reporter is "Does Black lives matter to themselves" 


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Police authorities have confirmed the death of a police officer, Patrol Officer Tim Smith, in small, central Georgia city. The policeman was not wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting, and the killer is on the loose.

                  

Patrol Officer Tim Smith was fatally shot  in a residential area of the city located about 60 miles southeast of Macon at about 9:30pm CT on Saturday.

According to Special Agent Scott Whitley of the Georgia Bureau of investigations, Smith was responding to a suspicious call when he encountered the suspect, he exited his patrol car and was shot, while the suspect fled the scene.

Whitley said that investigation is ongoing and a suspect is currently being sought after. 


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A shooting in Texas as seen many people injured in downtown Austin, Texas. One woman has been reported to be dead as gunman fired into the crowd.The Police have arrived to the scene and clearing the scene of the shooting.

               

Three people have also been transported to the hospital, and paramedics confirmed that people with gunshot wounds are spread across the area and trying to find them.

The Austin police department has also warned people via Twitter not to go downtown.

                


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Shooting at a house in Mukilteo, near Seattle, in the US state of Washington has seen three people dead and the state of other two unknown. The shot was fired at a teenagers party with youngsters or those at universities in attendance.

                    

According to eyewitnesses, more than 20 shots were fired and a call to 911 emergency services see police men coming to the area. 

According to the police, the gunman is currently in custody.

                     

A lot of resident of Mukilteo has gone to social media to tweet about the shooting, with a user tweeting:

   "Praying for tonight's victims, please stay safe everyone #mukilteoshooting"

Another user who claimed to have information about the shooter said he had shot at his friends because they were "envious of his success"


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The latest shooting at Umpqua Community College tragedy will make it the 15th times President Barack Obama will address Americans on mass shootings, telling Americans to politicize the event to effect change. A visibly angry Obama said;

I said each time we see one of these mass shootings, our thoughts and prayers are not enough," he said tensely. "It does not capture the heartache and grief and anger that we should feel. And it does nothing to prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America — next week, or a couple of months from now."

 

Obama has also called on reporters to let people know the number of people that lost their lives in gun violence. Thousands of people have died in gun violence more than people that died in 9/11. According to Stanford University Geospatial Center's definition, mass shooting occurs whenever the attacker kills 3 people, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation said four. Terrorist attack has a narrow definition; They must have a political, economic, religious or social goal and aim to intimidate a larger group, whether that be the national population or the government.

The Data from Standford and Maryland shows that since 1995 there have been 376 incidents of terrorism and 117 gun violence attacks. But while terrorism incidents are common and includes wider range, mass shootings have higher body counts.

      

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